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Maguire, Don

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1852-1933) US itinerant trader in the Arizona and elsewhere, and author whose reminiscences of his adventurous life, published long after his death as Gila Monsters and Red-Eyed Rattlesnakes: Don Maguire's Arizona Trading Expeditions, 1876-1879 (1997), may be as imaginative as The American Adventurer (coll 1879), a collection of stories, some of them tall tales. One, "The Story of the Second Traveler", is of sf interest: a shipwrecked sailor is rescued, taken to Lima, Peru, where he hears of a mysterious Lost World known as Golden Island, which he finds. It is a Utopia so clement and compelling that he and his companions do not destroy it; the natives ride great birds; in the interior can be found three-eyed Monsters; all ends peacefully. [JC]

Don Maguire

born St Johnsbury, Vermont: 14 June 1852

died Ogden, Utah: 8 January 1933

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